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Over the Rainbow

From multicultural London, more fun with the internal contradictions of “diversity”:

A Muslim fanatic who posted homophobic stickers declaring London’s East End a “gay free zone” has been fined £100.

Mohammed Hasnath, 18, posted stickers warning gays that homosexuality was wrong and that “Allah is severe in punishment”.

The stickers showed a rainbow flag with a black line through it stating “Gay free zone”.

Even converted into increasingly worthless Obamabucks, 100 quid isn’t a lot of money and, given that young Mohammed is unemployed and living on welfare, it will in any case be picked up by British taxpayers. It’s interesting to contrast the derisory fine meted out to Mo with the years of legal harassment and six- and seven-figure legal bills inflicted upon Geert Wilders, Lars Hedegaard, Ezra Levant, and other notorious “Islamophobes.”

One is also struck by the way that, other than Mohammed, everyone quoted in this story sounds like a pansy. I don’t mean in the orientational sense but in the squishy anguished liberal one, including the judge and the police (“I felt upset and offended”). By contrast, young Mo seems very matter-of-fact about the whole business (“it just says what God says in the Koran”). Then there’s this:

In a statement read to the court Jack Gilbert, a board member of the Sandy Row Synagogue and co chair of the Rainbow Hamlets community forum, said: “For me I read this no differently from a sign that said ‘Jew free zone’.

“When I see that sticker I see the signs my mother saw in the 1930s which actually carried less suggestion of punishment.

“For me I perceived an immediate threat of violence and had to make an instant risk assessment to my personal safety.”

But why dredge up ancient history from distant lands? In your own London borough in the 21st century, Jews are taunted with “If you go any further, you’ll die” and get pelted with stones on Holocaust Memorial Day.

Regardless of whether the East End is de jure a “gay-free zone” or “Jew-free zone,” its dominant Muslim population regards it as part of dar al-Islam and that means that, however many £100 fines you add to the British welfare budget, it will not de facto be a place where gays or Jews or uncovered women pass freely.

Mohammed lives off “state benefits.” What benefit is it to the British state to import the Hasnath family to the United Kingdom? Even supposing there were an “economic” argument for mass Muslim immigration, as we see in East London (and elsewhere) culture trumps economics.

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.


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